Arrest of Marengo Man for Hit and Run in Accident That Kllled Woman on Go-Kart on River Road

A press release from the McHenry Colunt Sheriff’s Department: Sheriff’s Office Investigates Fatal Hit and Run Crash September 23, 2018 A 29-year-old woman from Elgin, Illinois, was killed Saturday evening following a vehicle crash in the 22200 block of River … Continue reading

Obamacare 23% More Expensive in Woodstock Than Chicago

Here’s what Woodstock resident Susan Handelsman found: premiums 23%+ higher in 60098 (Woodstock) than in Chicago 60602 Male age 50 median income $58,000 earner, CHEAPEST BRONZE PLAN, minimum $6000 deductible: ZIP CODE: 60602 (Chicago) vs. 60098 (Woodstock) SEX: Male … Continue reading

Local Hospitals Score 3’s and 4’s Out of 5

Medicare has put out patient reviews of hospitals. There’s a five star rating system and local hospitals got 3’s and 4’s. Friday the Chicago Tribune had a huge article about the new program, including a list in descending order of … Continue reading

CL Motorcyslist Dies After Being Struck by Car on Doty Road

A press release from McHenry County Coroner Dr. Anne Majewski about the death of Crystal Lake motorist Barry T. Rataiczyk, age 44: Doty Road is the shortcut from the western side of Crystal Lake to Woodstock. Doty Road runs from … Continue reading

Local Hospitals’ Five Star Ratings

Chicago Crain’s Business has hospital ratings by HealthGrades. There are a number of categories which were judged. In descending order from a score of 22 Five Star ratings for Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, the list descends to … Continue reading

Tribune Notices Medicare Penalties for Hospitals with High Readmission Rates

Almost twenty days ago, McHenry County Blog reported on Medicare penalties being levied by the Federal government on local hospitals. While the article focused on hospitals serving local patients, a Chicago Tribune article Thursday reported on hospitals statewide. Being early … Continue reading

Obamacare Penalizing Local Hospitals for Medicare Hospital Readmissions

Bill Baar’s West Side blog led me to the story of how the Obama Administration is penalizing hospitals it judges to have too high readmission rates, for Medicare patients. Fox News explains, “Starting in October, Medicare will reduce reimbursements to … Continue reading

Apparently McHenry County Democrats Are Okay with Playing the Class Envy Card

Is it a political issue to say with photos about a political opponent? “He’s got two vacation homes.” This is playing the class envy card. Apparently McHenry County Democrats decided this is a normal part of playing politics. What is … Continue reading

Readmission Rates at Area Hospitals

Yesterday we looked at death rate comparisons for Medicare patients for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia at Barrington’s, McHenry’s and Woodstock’s hospitals. Today, we look at readmission rates for those three problems. For heart attacks the Barrington, McHenry and … Continue reading

Death Rates at Area Hospitals

One of the data sets issued by Medicare cuts to the chase. It’s about mortality. Death rates to the rest of us. When I was managing state employee benefits (my consolation prize after running against Roland Burris for State Comptroller … Continue reading

Medicare Statistics Raise Questions about McHenry & Woodstock Hospitals’ Use of Medical Imaging

The Federal government has released data showing the use of medical imaging for hospitals across the country. The data base allows the comparison of three hospitals on one page, so I selected Barrington’s, McHenry’s and Woodstock’s. Taking a look at … Continue reading

Patients Questionnaires Compare Three Area Hospitals

Here’s an interesting web site that allows viewers to compare three hospitals. I took the three who serve most McHenry County patients, Advocate Good Shepherd, Centegra McHenry and Centegra Woodstock. Look at what patients filling out questionnaires said about each: … Continue reading